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PHenomenal awareness project

May 23rd, 2016 Comments off

What are some of the things that you love? Friends. Family. A breath of fresh air. Small goals, big dreams, and enough years to make them come true. If you’ve been told you have 2.8 years or fewer to live due to an illness, you consider what you have left to do, what you’d be giving up, and how you can fight it for more time, more years.

SteadyMed Therapeutics, in conjunction with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, has launched the PHenomenal Awareness Project to give voice to the faces with Pulmonary Hypertension, those who suffer from high blood pressure in the lungs. People with PH typically have shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, which make it challenging to do simple tasks such as walking a short distance. Small joys such as hiking, singing, even carrying on with their day-to- day life can be a challenge.

As it is an illness that is relatively unknown, only 14 drugs have been approved for the treatment of PH to date, yet approximately 2100 people are diagnosed and treated for PH annually. To raise awareness, the PHenomenal campaign is asking people with PH to speak up and submit photos and videos on social media.

In hopes that more drugs will come on the market to relieve PH symptoms.

In hopes that more voices will speak out for PH to lend courage to those battling it.

In hopes that there will be a cure one day through united effort.

These are some of the PHenomenal faces behind the campaign. Let’s lend strength to their cause.

A Modern-Day Fairytale at Castello di Amarosa & Culinary Institute of America, Greystone

June 29th, 2013 Comments off

Nestled on the verdant hills of Calistoga in Napa Valley, reminiscent of the Italian countryside, sits Castello di Amorosa, “The Castle of Love.” Built by wine aficionado Dario Sattui to resemble 13th-century Tuscan architecture, it boasts bricks and iron imported from Europe with authentic details such as a drawbridge, chapel, dining hall, and even a torture chamber in its labyrinthine cellars. As you drive up to the castle and watch its stone walls rise before you, you are transported to a different world where knights, lords, and ladies gather in the courtyard, where jousts are conducted and won by champions whose sole motivation for emerging victorious is to uphold his lady’s honor and claim her favor.

Wedding Rehearsal dinner at Castello di Amarosa

Wedding Rehearsal dinner at Castello di Amarosa

Recently, the Capture the Love team shot nothing short of a fairytale wedding on the castle grounds. The great dining hall with its hand-painted frescoes and 500-year-old fireplace sat regal, with flatware and stemware laid out to accommodate a feast for kings.

Main dining room at Castello di Amarosa

Appropriately clad in a turquoise Renaissance dress with gold-and-lacework details, the bride is a modern-day Cinderella who won the heart of her Prince Charming.

modern day Cinderella

Cape of the king

The shoe surely fits—both bride and groom sport pairs of Christian Louboutin, an upgrade to your once-upon-a-time glass slipper.

Christian Louboutin wedding shoes

You can just picture her gazing across the neatly-grown vineyards, the rolling green grass, and the hills beyond as sunrise etches gold over the castle top to grace her with another day in a fantasy land.

Castle beyond the vineyards

How excited we were to be invited to this royal ball!

Dining affair

After all, what wedding is complete without a few jesters and a fire dancer?

Court Jesters and fire dancers

The fairytale doesn’t end at the castle, however. Following is a lavish reception at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Greystone in St. Helena.

Culinary Institute of America CIA Greystone at St Helena

Culinary Institute of America CIA Greystone Barrel Room

With its unforgettable stone masonry walls, dining in CIA is like dining in another castle. With the help of her ladies-in-waiting, the bride dons her wedding dress for the night, her golden tresses overflowing on a shimmering gown of white.

Culinary Institute of America CIA Greystone wedding dress

Donning the wedding dress for the princess

Model bride

Walking down the aisle

Complete with a first dance with the prince and a romantic sunset ceremony, and embellished with modern-day rituals like champagne shots done on the wrist, this was a fairytale wedding that delighted the senses and teased the imagination. Like a 13th-century castle found just a few hours’ drive from the Silicon Valley, so too, in this day and age, can there be princes and princesses and their happily-ever-afters.

The wedding Ceremony at Greystone Culinary

Grand Entrance at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone

modern-day rituals champagne shots done on the wrist

The first dance

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding Photographer | Romantic • Intimate • Charming

April 26th, 2011 1 comment

R.I.C AKA Russell • Ian • Clarissa got married in the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, CA this past weekend. Russell loves beer. Clarissa from Singapore speaks similar essence as I do. She is a total fan of the aromatic and fruity Moscato. Ian, their incredibly adorable 18 month old son, loves his iPad 2. After photographing their wedding in the Ritz, R.I.C to me stands not as their initials but as Romantic, Intimate and Charming. Their families and friends from Vancouver and Hawaii couldn’t agree more.

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Imageries from the ocean view wedding amidst high cliffs, misty fog, cool breezes and elegant setting next to the golf courses at the Half Moon Bay’s Ritz Carlton sets the mood of the wedding. It allows one to truly understand that the venue can indeed enhance the enchanted feeling in a wedding.

I had Paul with me as my 2nd photographer and Davey as the assistant. Clarissa struggled with the cold air after the ceremony. We had to cut short the post-ceremony photoshoot. Despite that, we got a lot of amazing photographs, mostly shot within such a limited timeframe (in minutes), much thanks to the help from the staffs of the Ritz Carlton, such as Lesli Mack and our amazing Golf Cart driver, Joe. He was tying his invisible shoe laces while we photographed the scene above.

Crystals at Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ian waking up after his nap

Wedding Rings on Ian's ABC Book

Hair design by designHERimage

Wallpaper of Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ring exchange and wedding flower arrangements

Emotional at Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Cliffs at Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, Los Angeles and San Francisco | Carl & Ilona

April 13th, 2011 Comments off

Ilona and Carl’s wedding was literally star-studded.  Both the bride and groom are actors from San Francisco.  Carl’s children also played a role in their wedding.  His son was one of the groomsmen and his daughter was a bridesmaid.  The story of this sweet newly formed family actually began when the groom decided to change careers and leave New York.

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Carl used to be an officer in the NYPD but had traveled across the country seeking  jobs as an actor in California, one of which was a role as Karl Sly on the TV show Trauma, a San Francisco based drama series.  Ilona, is of Hungarian descent, but pretty much grew up in San Francisco.  Also an actor herself, she easily caught Carl’s eye on a movie set and the two started dating soon after.   Ever since meeting her, he couldn’t stop talking about Ilona, making frequent phone calls to his brother in New York to tell him about the best thing that’s ever happened to him!

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, San Francisco and Los Angeles

So how did I get chosen to be the photographer of this wedding?  I too, met Carl on a set, but I’m sure I didn’t catch his eye the same way that Ilona did.  He was a model for a commercial shoot I was working on for a ring company.  We had a great time doing the shoot together, and well, needless to say, I caught his eye enough to be chosen as his wedding photographer.  Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be a part of your wedding!

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Wedding of Hollywood Celebrities, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Photographing the oldest person in Canada – in Los Altos

January 27th, 2011 Comments off

I always thought I’m getting a little old. But standing next to possibly the oldest person in Canada, Mrs Fung, a good 112 years old, I felt like a baby, still in diapers. Born in 1899, Mrs Fung lived in 3 centuries. These family portraits that we photographed in Los Altos, California during Mrs Fung’s visit are now all over the web. They were first published by The Vancouver Sun. As for photographing a legacy of a beautiful family, multiple generations of amazing people, I only have Dr Barry Fung and his lovely wife, Dr Lien Nguyen to thank.

Photographing the oldest person in Canada